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Slabs back in town

Posted on 29 May 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jamie Slabber feels he has benefited from his three-month loan stint at Danish outfit AB Copenhagen.

The young striker is now back in England following the conclusion of the Super League season and reports that, despite AB's eventual relegation, the experience was a worthwhile one for him. Known locally as Akademisk Boldklub, the team were rooted to the bottom of the table before the winter break and were unable to pull clear.

"In the end it was a struggle really - there was no real chance of staying up," reflected the 19-year-old back at Spurs Lodge. "They had financial difficulties and it was inevitable they were going to go down.

"We did have a go and at one stage were only six points off pushing back up the table, but it fell apart."

"I thought I did quite well, it was a different experience for me out there playing against senior players week in, week out. I was ready for it and needed a change from the under-19s.

"I feel better and stronger for it, more confident in myself now. I played three games for their reserve side and scored seven goals, one for the first team in seven games. Ben Bowditch, who went out there with me, was playing right back and did well - we both became regulars.

"It is a bit more technical, but more patient really. It is not a quick tempo like the Premiership."

It is not always easy to settle into a new environment, but thankfully Jamie did not have to overcome any language barrier. What he did have to get used to was undertaking a few domestic chores for a change.

"Everyone at the club spoke English and it was a friendly atmosphere. The fans were good and they liked me for some reason!

"It was quite hard to settle in at the start and I was quite homesick. I got used to it then and it was good. Ben and I had a flat and we did all the washing, ironing - all that motherly stuff... I'm a good chef now - Jamie Oliver style!"

So will young Slabs be reinforcing his new found independence by fleeing the family nest?

"Not yet, I'm going to stay with my mum for a few more years."

Keeping tabs on footballing events back home did not prove too tricky as Jamie added that most of his AB teammates are Spurs supporters.

"I heard quite a lot as their papers are always full of English football news. Most of the team support Spurs and they were coming in saying 'do you know this or that' and telling us what was going on.

"I'm glad to be back now and want to crack on with it. I want to start playing regularly for the reserves again and hopefully get to feature in the first team squad if I impress the new staff coming in."